Here’s Your Sign
We all know what the sign says. We can also interpret the sign one of two ways. Proper training and education will teach us the importance of the underscore in this sign. For without the underscore, it’s meaning changes drastically. Going one step further, proper training will also tell you that the underscore is really just emphasizing the word “slow” which is actually the incorrect punctuation for this sign. The more appropriate symbol would be the comma or semicolon. So, you could say that your perspective and the understanding of that sign hinges on your training.
On a regular basis, we receive phone calls from people that have done extensive health-related research online. Many of these calls are from people that understand the importance of an accurate diagnosis when they’re in the dental chair, yet they mistakenly absorb uneducated information from a web search. Or, if it isn’t uneducated information, the patient will formulate an understanding of that information without the training to diagnosis if what they just read relates to anything going on within their body. How is it tied together? Are they even related?
Without the knowledge and education to interpret signs correctly, it could be easy to misunderstand what is read or heard. We ask you to develop a relationship with healthcare providers that not only know how to read your body’s signals, but also have the knowledge to interpret those signals.